Boris Johnson to address nation over Christmas rules

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Boris Johnson will address the nation this evening in a press conference at Downing Street.

The Prime Minister will appear alongside Chief Medical Officer Chris Whitty amid discussions over the easing of restrictions this Christmas.

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Cabinet minister Michael Gove and the leaders of the devolved administrations completed their talks about the scheduled relaxation of rules earlier this morning.

Since then, the Welsh First Minister has announced that Wales will reduce coronavirus bubbles over Christmas to just two households instead of three.

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Mark Drakeford also said the country will then go into a level four lockdown immediately after the Christmas period, starting on December 28.

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Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has since also added guidance to Scotland’s relaxation of rules, stating that December 23 to 27 was the ‘maximum’ amount of time households should mix together, and not a suggestion of how long they should meet.

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She also advised the public to limit themselves to two households mixing wherever possible, and said people should try not to stay overnight if it could be avoided.

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Johnson has not yet confirmed England’s guidance over Christmas in full. Earlier today he told MPs that the four UK nations had agreed to continue ‘in principle’ with the easing of restrictions over between December 23 and 27.

The PM told the Commons: ‘We don’t want to criminalise people’s long-made plans. But we do think it’s absolutely vital that people should – at this very, very tricky time – exercise a high degree of personal responsibility, especially when they come into contact with elderly people, and avoid contact with elderly people wherever possible.’

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He added: ‘We should exercise extreme caution in the way we celebrate Christmas. We can celebrate it sensibly but we have to be extremely cautious in the way we behave.’

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At present, government guidance for Christmas states that up to three households can form a bubble between December 23 and 27. It is also recommended that people isolate or take precautions in the run-up to the period.

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